Thursday, December 17, 2015

Book Reviews and Gift Ideas

Today I have a review of our final two book club selections of the year and they would both make great gift ideas!

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion can best be described as a romantic comedy and it is totally adorable!

*Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count his friends on the fingers of one hand. Conceding to the statistical probability that there is a significant someone for everyone, he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner that he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own. As an unlikely relationship blooms, the scientifically minded geneticist confronts the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

Thoughts ... My book club absolutely loved this book. It is fun, quirky and light-hearted. Don is certainly socially challenged, but absolutely charming at the same time. We were rooting for him from page one and we appreciated that it was his quirkiness that made him so endearing. And clearly the whirlwind Rosie was exactly who he needed in his life! ... This is definitely a book that you finish and want to pass along to your mother, sister or friend to read - a great gift idea!

Dear Carolina by Kristy Woodson Harvey is a love letter to one baby girl written from her two mothers - one by birth and one by adoption.

*Frances “Khaki” Mason has it all: a thriving interior design career, a loving husband and son, homes in North Carolina and Manhattan—everything except the second child she has always wanted. Jodi, her husband’s nineteen-year-old cousin, is fresh out of rehab, pregnant, and alone. Although the two women couldn’t seem more different, they forge a lifelong connection as Khaki reaches out to Jodi, encouraging her to have her baby. But as Jodi struggles to be the mother she knows her daughter deserves, she will ask Khaki the ultimate favor…

Thoughts ... We thoroughly enjoyed this touching story of one baby girl, told in alternating chapters from the perspective of her two mothers. Khaki and Jodi really were about as different as two woman could be, but they shared the love of one little girl named Carolina and redefined the meaning of family. We enjoyed Kristy's soft, sweet writing style and the way the lives of the characters were distinctly written, yet tightly woven together. ... And as a added bonus, we scheduled a video chat with the author during our book club gathering and found Kristy to be absolutely delightful. She shared her background, the writing process and the heart and soul of Dear Carolina. It was such a treat to have her join us, like sitting down with an old friend and catching up on life. We were prepared with a long list of question and she so graciously answered each and every one. We are already looking forward to her next book and another book club chat with Kristy. ... Dear Carolina would also make a wonderful gift idea. Read the book with a group of friends, co-workers or family members and schedule a chat with Kristy!

Happy Reading!

*The synopsis of each book was taken directly from the author's website.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Be Inspired Features and Link Party #190

Happy Tuesday! Welcome back for features and party day!

Elizabeth and Co.

We've wrapped up our last tag sale of the year here at Elizabeth & Co. and we're looking forward to a nice long winter break to catch up on real life! Thanks so much to our amazing customers for another wonderful year and to our long-distance friends for your continued words of encouragement and support!

We're also going to take a little link party break the next two weeks to enjoy some quality family time. The party will be stay open, so feel free to link up as often as you like!

Now check out this week's fabulous features .....

This beautiful French Provincial Dining Set got a makeover from Mr. Wilson & Me just in time for Christmas dinner!

Danielle from Finding Silver Pennies has a real cool tutorial for how to make a faux galvanized metal table!

Ashley from Vintage Refined share this stunning and very chic black dresser!

I love the unique design on this transformation from Frugal Furbishing!

Cami from Tidbits has all the details on how to make a pretty throw with great big tassels!

How much fun are these gumball machine waterless snow globes from Kathleen at Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}!

Janet from Rosemary & Thyme has a beautiful holiday home tour to share!

Robin from Happy At Home has the most charming red and white kitchen!

I love all things coconut, so this Coconut Cream Poke Cake from Kleinworth & Co. looks totally dreamy to me!

Or maybe you're in a chocolate mood and want to give Gina's Chocolate Eggnog Cupcakes a try!

Thanks so much to everyone who linked up and linked back!

Now on to this week's party...

*Link up your furniture makeovers, DIY projects, home decor, crafts, recipes, thrifty finds, etc... whatever is inspiring you at the moment!

*A link back would be appreciated, especially if you'd like to be considered for a feature.

We'll be back next Tuesday with features and a brand new party!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Holiday Open House December 2015

Okay friends, this is it, our final tag sale of the year!
The music will be playing and the cookies will be yummy. 
We're loaded the house with amazing vintage goodies, holiday treasures and fabulous furniture. We've even marked down prices to make way for new spring finds. Now is the time to purchase that piece if furniture you've been pondering!

Holiday Open House
December 12th from 9am to 3pm.

Elizabeth & Co Vintage
438 East Main Street
Westminster, MD 21157

Here's a little preview for you .....

Looking for just the perfect gift - think vintage, unique, handmade and one-of-a-kind!

The fabulous Urban Pearl mobile boutique will be bringing all the latest winter fashions and accessories right to our door.

You can buy gifts, give your home a fresh look and treat yourself all at the same time!

Our tag sales will resume in the spring, but if you need us in the meantime, just ask! 

And don't forget that you can purchase wreaths and stockings all year round at Elizabeth and Co Wreath on Etsy!

Happy Holidays Everyone!!!